Hey there, I've been looking all over for a decent all-round rodent forum, and I found this! XD My name's Mal, and when my bearded dragon has moved into his new vivarium, I'm hoping to convert his old/current one so I can keep some mice in there.
I've never kept mice before, so I'm not sure how many I could keep in there - it's about 36inches by 15inches, so like 560sq, I think? - but I don't think I could commit to more than three or four at maximum. I'm planning only to have does - from a reputable breeder, since I'm not near enough to any small animal rescues - as well, so they should get along better, right?
What I'm going to do to the viv is replace the sliding glass doors with typical wire cage bars - if I find an old one on gumtree or somewhere I can cut the panels to size with a boltcutter - and replace the plastic vent covers with strong wire mesh.
Any other tricks and tips about keeping mice in such an enviroment would be appreciated! Do they need lots of separate hidey holes? Do they need their own wheels and bowls like dwarf hamsters would? What kind of wheel is best for mice? Would those flying-saucer type ones would?